Perhaps you have bought or sold items on Craiglist or browsed handcrafted goods on Etsy. Craiglist is useful because the offerings are usually close to you, while Etsy allows you to easily scan through images of things you might be interested in anywhere in the world. Now a company called Krrb (pronounced “curb”) has created what some have called a combination of the two sites. Users can search for art, furniture, secondhand items and other goods sold in their cities (or even neighborhoods) in a user-friendly format that incorporates lots of images.
According to founders of Krrb, a project of the New York and Paris-based interactive agency Area 17, the world lacked an online place to shop locally, so they set out to create a global marketplace whose foundation is local communities. Krrb’s founders believe in the importance of in-person commerce and wanted to harness the capabilities of technology to help strengthen communities.
“We always say, ‘Use the internet to get off the internet,’” said Andrew Wagner, Director and Editor-in-Chief of Krrb. “Krrb was founded on this idea of hyper local. It’s founded out of a love of locality. It’s understanding that we’re all so globally connected and that localism exists on many fronts.”
At its most fundamental level, Krrb is a classifieds section, but also a platform for doing all sorts of things – everything from selling used goods to trading artwork to listing real estate and community notices – and its inspiration came out of real world shopping.
“Krrb is gloriously uncurated,” Wagner said. “It was started out of a love for garage sales, flea markets, walking down city streets and seeing everything that’s out on the street.”